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‘Give them one of the US states’ – Golan Heights protesters (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-23 23:37:37 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

Hundreds of people rallied in the Golan Heights town of Majdal Shams on Saturday to denounce US President Donald Trump’s statement to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied territory. Protesters were seen holding Syrian flags and Druze flags. “From here we say that the Golan [Heights] is Arab and Syrian and neither Trump nor any other person can decide its fate. The word that matters the most on the Arab land of the Golan [Heights], at first and last, is the word of our heroic Syrian Arab Army,” said protester Haiel Sharaf. “He wants to give Israel land, he can… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria

Update: First video from northwest Hama hospital after suspected chemical weapons attack

Published 2019-03-23 23:18:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Over 20 people were hospitalized this evening after the jihadist rebels launched a big assault on the towns of Raseef and Aziziyah in northwestern Hama. The victims have since been transported to the Al-Suqaylabiyeh Hospital where they are being treated for asphyxiation related to the jihadist attack. Below is a video obtained from the Al-Suqaylabiyeh Hospital in northwestern Hama:

The Syrian military claims the jihadist rebels likely used chemical weapons to attack Aziziyah and Raseef; however, nothing is confirmed.

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Breaking: Jihadist rebels attack northwest Hama with suspected chemical weapons, 20+ hospitalized

Published 2019-03-23 23:04:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched several rockets and artillery shells towards the government-held towns of Raseef and Aziziyah in northwestern Hama this evening. According to a military source close to the scene, over 20 people were hospitalized after the projectiles struck the civilian neighborhoods. The source said the Suqaylabiyeh Hospital reported that most of the victims were suffering from asphyxiation after one of the jihadist projectiles landed in a civilian area. He added that the Syrian military believes chemical weapons were used by the jihadist rebels during tonight’s attack. No further details were released at this… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Israeli military braces for violence in Golan Heights amid Trump’s recent statement

Published 2019-03-23 22:31:20 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and police are bracing themselves for possible violent protests near the Israeli-Syrian border following US President Donald Trump’s move to recognise the Jewish state’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. “We are preparing for the possibility of tension in the northern Golan Heights,” the IDF said in a statement without elaborating. The development comes as the Druze, an Arab minority who practice an offshoot of Islam and live in the Golan Heights, rejected US President Donald Trump’s support of Israel’s sovereignty over the area. “Trump can make his statements and say he wants to make the… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria

Russian Air Force uses attack choppers in northwest Syria for first time this year (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-23 12:20:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – For the first time this year, the Russian Air Force used their attack choppers to strike the rebels in northwestern Syria. Based on footage obtained by the pro-opposition STEP News Agency, the Russian Air Force appears to use their Mi-28 choppers, which is most commonly used by the latter inside Syria. Per the video above, the Russian Air Force was targeting the town of Al-Latamnah in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate. Al-Latamnah is considered Jaysh Al-Izza’s primary stronghold in northern Hama; it is often the target of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria

Golan Heights residents vow to undermine Israel’s authority over region

Published 2019-03-23 11:50:30 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The residents of the occupied Golan Heights issued a statement on Friday condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent comments about recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over this region. In a statement on Friday, the people of the occupied Syrian Golan said: “Trump’s statements on the Golan didn’t come as something new because we are aware of his support for the head of the Israeli occupation entity Benjamin Netanyahu who is passing through a political and judicial crisis.” “The current political scene is due to the steadfastness of the resistance axis and the failure of the hostile project… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria

Russian fighter jet showdown: Su-35 vs MiG-35

Published 2019-03-23 11:17:24 by News Desk in World-News

Egypt recently turned heads with its decision to purchase twenty advanced Su-35S fighter jets from Russia. This adds yet another unique airframe to Egypt’s inventory, which currently fields Rafales, two generations of F-16s, MiG-29s modernized to near MiG-35 standard, and two generations of Mirages. What could the Su-35S add onto this lineup? What could the political repercussions of the buy be? Given the capabilities of the other aircraft in their fleet, the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) is probably looking into the Su-35S primarily as an air superiority fighter. The Su-35S has an Irbis-E PESA radar that is known to be… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Pompeo urges Lebanon to get rid of Hezbollah (VIDEO)

Published 2019-03-23 10:55:57 by News Desk in Lebanon

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Lebanese people to “stand up to Hezbollah’s criminality, terror and threats,” during on his first official visit to Lebanon on Friday. “Frankly, Lebanon and the Lebanese people face a choice: bravely move forward as an independent and proud nation or allow the dark ambitions of Iran and Hezbollah to dictate your future,” Pompeo said during a joint press conference with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. “We have confirmed that Hezbollah is for us a non-terrorist Lebanese party and it elected representatives from the Lebanese people, a large popular establishment,” Bassil said. “It’s… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Pompeo

Desperate ISIS leader becomes obese and shaves beard to escape from eastern Syria: report

Published 2019-03-23 10:38:02 by News Desk in Syria

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the notorious leader of the Daesh* terrorist group, has resorted to altering his appearance to avoid detection and capture by the group’s numerous enemies, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reports. According to the media outlet, a source in the Iraqi National Security Service said that al-Bagdadi is currently hiding in Syria despite making several unsuccessful attempts to escape to Iraq. The source also claimed that the terrorist organisation’s leader changed his appearance by shortening his beard and dying his hair red, as well as by gaining weight to the point of obesity due to a lack of movement over the past two years. The news emerged as the US-backed Syrian Democratic… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, ISIS, Syria

Battle against ISIS continues in eastern Syria despite Trump’s declaration of victory

Published 2019-03-23 10:25:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their battle against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) on Friday despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of victory against the terrorist. Backed by heavy artillery, the Syrian Democratic Forces attacked the Islamic State’s last positions at the eastern slope of Jabal Baghouz. No advances were reported by the Syrian Democratic Forces on Friday; however, they did confirm that their troops are still targeting the terrorist group. According to reports from the Deir Ezzor Governorate, dozens of Islamic State fighters are still holding this small area in Jabal Baghouz, but they… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, SDF, Syria, Trump

Breaking: Huge blast rocks Idlib city for second time

Published 2019-03-23 00:45:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – Minutes ago, a massive explosion rocked the city of Idlib for the second time in the last ten hours. According to a report from Idlib, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a vehicle around the Al-Wahda Roundabout, causing a big blast that could be heard throughout the provincial capital. The IED reportedly targeted the vehicle of a Libyan national from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. No group has taken responsibility for these two attacks in Idlib city; however, some HTS activists have accused the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cells inside the province.

Tags: Idlib, Syria

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